Oliver Hunt – Bass/ Trombone

Oliver Hunt HeadshotOliver studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Wales International Academy of Voice, following a degree in music from Trinity College, Cambridge. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Ann Murray, Richard Bonynge, Della Jones, Nelly Miricioiu, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles.

On the opera stage his roles include Claudio Agrippina (Cambridge Handel Opera), Polyphemus Acis and Galatea (cover for Iford Arts/Early Opera Company), Fasolt Das Rheingold and Hunding Die Walküre (Fulham Opera), Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande (Grimeborn Festival/Bury Court Opera), Don Alfonso Così fan tutte (Opera Lyrica), Superintendent Budd Albert Herring (Britten-Pears Programme) and Immigration Officer Flight (British Youth Opera). Following his success in the 2012 Bayreuth Bursary Competition, in which he was awarded the runner-up prize, he covered the role of Fasolt in Longborough Festival Opera’s complete Ring Cycle. For eleven years he was a member of vocal ensemble Stile Antico, performing concerts throughout the world and recording seven albums for Harmonia Mundi, receiving a Gramophone award and two Grammy nominations.

As a trombonist, Oliver was a member of the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, performing alongside some of the country’s foremost jazz musicians. He went on to be principal trombone of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 with the group Talking Trombones, combining singing, poetry and a quartet of trombones.  www.oliverhunt.com